Climate scientist says Sky News commentators misrepresented his views on drought

Exclusive: Andy Pitman says ‘misspoken’ statement has been used by , Chris Kenny and to dismiss links between and

A leading Australian climate scientist has said his views have been misrepresented by conservative commentators, who have used a “misspoken” statement to dismiss the links between and .

Prof Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at the University of New South Wales, has told Guardian Australia there are clear links between human-caused and , but these links are indirect.

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Bolt wants me to publish his reply in full. Happy to do so. He calls my email ‘pathetic, deceptive, ill-informed, evasive, pathetic, pathetic and wrong’ and asks if I’m motivated by ‘dishonesty, ignorance or malice’.

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